Technology Classes

January 2018


Get Organized Using Your Smartphone

Saturday, January 13, 2-3:30 pm
Bay Room

Instructor: Lori Cooney

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get organized? Join Lori Cooney for a class on getting organized using helpful apps on your smartphone, including calendar, alarm, and more. iOS and Android apps will be covered.

 


iPhotography for Beginners
Saturday, January 27, 10-Noon
Bay Room

Instructor: Lisa Rudy

Learn to use the controls on your iPhone camera to capture, edit, send, and save your photos. You will also explore the Enlight app and discover tools for making ordinary photos amazing, softening harsh lines, using filters, and even turning photos into “paintings!”

Grades 6-12 and adults welcome. This workshop is for those with iPhones with IOS version 8 or later. Not sure if you have IOS version 8 or later? Here’s how to check: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201685

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Please call the Reference Department to sign up for the waiting list.


Ask a Librarian: Downloading Library eBooks for Beginners
Monday, January 29, 10-11:00 am
Bay Room

Instructor: Kasia Piasecka

Are you curious about how to download and read free ebooks on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet? Learn about free apps like Overdrive, Libby, Axis360, and Hoopla that you can use to read ebooks and listen to eaudios. Attend this workshop or schedule a free appointment with our eBook expert.

Books and resources on how to use different digital devices will also be available to peruse and check out.

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Instructors:

Lori Cooney is a Project Coordinator & Instructional Design Specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition, she is a Christa McAuliffe Teacher and has earned several teaching awards, including the WPI Technology Humanist Award and the MassCUE Pathfinder award.

Kasia Piasecka is a Reference Librarian at the Falmouth Public Library. She enjoys reading ebooks, iPhotography, and learning about new technology.

Lisa Rudy is a fine art iPhone photographer and juried artist at Cape Cod Art Association whose work has appeared in numerous venues across Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Lisa sells prints and photo-based products at events and through her website: lisajorudy.com

 

 

Dancemeditation Class

Dunya McPherson’s passion for dance took her from a small seaside New England town in 1972 to the Julliard School in the heart of NYC’s vibrant, edgy art scene. A decade later, healing from a serious injury, she turned away from her successful performing career and retreated to a monastic mountaintop community directed by a charismatic Iraqi Sufi Master. This sojourn opened a mysterious, beautiful inner world, and an understanding of dance as moving prayer. Her path became Dancemeditation.

Dunya will read from her book Skin of Glass: finding spirit in the flesh at the Woods Hole Library (581 Woods Hole Rd.) on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 pm [more information]. You can then join her at the Main Library (300 Main St.) for a relaxing DanceMeditation session on Monday, January 22 at 2:00 pm. Drop in or contact the library to sign up.

About the Workshop

*** Come ~ Go In ~ Receive ***
Dunya’s Dancemeditation helps us trust our bodies. We move through the crust of harried surface worries and into our Huge Intelligence. Body speaks to us from the flow of our most Original self, freeing us from habitual patterns, and increasing our awareness of embodied present-ness.

 

 

 

 

The workshop will be comprised of 1.5 hour of movement, introducing you to exploration in gentle curvilinear motion, hand dances, and breath-based stretching, healing rocking, and intuitive movement flow. The movement period will be balanced with rest to allow integration. The session is designed to promote revitalization, a deeper relationship with our body, an inward, intuitive connection to movement and breathing, and a taste of the Sufi Way of embodied mysticism under the guidance of an acclaimed authority, living Sufi master, and meditative leader.

To learn more about Dancemeditation Practices, visit: www.dancemeditation.org

Reminder:
Please bring a mat and blanket with you.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing for movement, and have a warm layer and socks for the rest period.
Complimentary tea will be provided at the end of the session (3:30 pm). Participants are invited to stay afterward for conversation and refreshments.

Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshop Series

We’re excited to welcome staff and volunteers from the Small Business Administration and SCORE for three informative presentations for new entrepreneurs and small business owners this December, as well as in February and May 2018. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.

The SBA Advantage

Learn about the many resources available to help you begin your business startup. Find information, advisors, assistance, as well as financial sources, to further your business ideas. Presented by the Small Business Administration.

Dates: Thursdays, December 14, 2017; February 22, 2018; May 31, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – noon

Room: Hermann Meeting Room (300 Main Street, Falmouth)

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Meet Our Speakers:

Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Its 320+ chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

Depending on availability, SEED staff may be present as well:

SEED (South Eastern Economic Development) is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, SEED Corporation focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED makes loans ranging from a $1,000 Micro Loan to a $5.5 million SBA 504 Loan and also administers a small business technical assistance program.

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Friday Reads: Eye of the Beholder

Friday Reads: Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Edited by Alan Chong, Richard Linger and Carl Zahn

One of the great treasures of the city of Boston with its many colleges and universities is the number of museums in the metropolitan Boston area. From the majestic Museum of Fine Arts to the eclectic Institute of Contemporary Art on the waterfront, the city is brimming with art and sculpture. My personal favorite is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Back Bay/Fenway section of the city. Originally the home of Mrs. Jack, as Isabella was sometimes called, the museum is the very picture of a Venetian palazzo.  After inheriting a sizable fortune from her father, she went on to become a world class collector.

“Isabella Stewart Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection comprised of more than 15,000 objects-paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, drawings, silver, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, photographs, and letters-from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world and 19th-century France and America.

The palazzo at Fenway became a salon where “artists and thinkers gathered at Fenway Court around works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.”

In addition to a very comprehensive art education, this book would serve as a wonderful guide as you roam through the collections in this marvelous building.

Have you ever been really impressed by a painting? One that you can remember the art but not the artist? There is a painting at the museum of a young boy with haunting eyes, an image that has stayed with me for a long time. I remembered it was in the Blue Room as you first entered the museum on the left.

“The Blue Room is a gallery brimming with objects that reflect Gardner’s personal relationships. In the early days of the Museum the Blue Room welcomed concert goers, serving as the ladies’ reception area. It displays the work of artists in Gardner’s closest circle of friends. With its low ceilings, fabric covered walls, and well-lit alcoves showcasing paintings, furniture, books, and cases, the Blue Room invites visitors to explore the collection at close range and in an intimate space.” – from the museum’s website.

While browsing through Eye of the Beholder, I was delighted to find on page 217, “The Standard Bearer of the Harvest Festival” by Antonio Mancini, the very painting of the boy with the haunting eyes and angelic face!

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Antonio Mancini for 1,000 francs in 1884, with the assistance of the American painter and collector Ralph W. Curtis (1854-1922).

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Signed (?) with red crayon (lower right): A Mancini Roma
Undated label (on back of frame) with Isabella Stewart Gardner’s address at 152 Beacon Street, Boston.

I do hope that viewing the masterpieces in Eye of the Beholder will entice you to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in person. As an extra incentive, the Falmouth Public library offers reduced admission passes to the museum. You can request the passes online here.

Please note: The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Welcome Tess Gerritsen!

We’re pleased to welcome Tess Gerritsen on Thursday, October 5 at 12:00pm!

Tess will talk about her new novel I Know a Secret and sign copies of her book following the event. I Know a Secret will be available for purchase from Eight Cousins Bookstore.

The event will be filmed live by FCTV.

Ticket Information

Pick up your free ticket at the Main Library beginning on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 am. No library card required. Tickets will be available at the Info Desk on the main level in the Reference Room. There are 125 tickets available. Tickets are strongly encouraged, but not required. The general public will be invited to find their seats in the Hermann Meeting Room beginning at 11:45 am on the day of the event. Ticket-holders are strongly encouraged to arrive before 11:30 am on the day of the event to find their seat. Seats will not be held for ticket-holders if they arrive after 11:45 am.

If you pick up a ticket and can no longer attend the event, please contact us and let us know. You will not be asked to return your ticket.

What else do I need to know?

  • Tickets cannot be held at the library. You must pick up your ticket on or after Saturday, September 30 if you wish to have a ticket. If you cannot pick up a ticket on September 30, please feel free to contact us to see if there are any tickets left on Monday, October 2.
  • Ticket-holders are strongly encouraged to find their seats by 11:30 am. Seats will not be reserved for them.
  • If you have a ticket, you will be able to access to the Hermann Meeting Room between 11:00 am – 11:45 am. After that time, the general public will be able to gain admission. Entrance to the room will not be allowed before 11:00 am.
  • Limit of 2 tickets per person.
  • Overflow seating will be available in the Bay Meeting Room for those who cannot find seats at the time of the event. A live broadcast of the event will be shown in the room.
  • The event will begin promptly at Noon. Please arrive on time.

Tess Gerritsen: Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), Last To Die (August 2012), Die Again (January 2015) and Playing With Fire (2015). Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. Follow her on Twitter @tessgerritsen and on Facebook.


I Know a Secret

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Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles–the inspiration for the smash hit TNT series–continue their bestselling crime-solving streak, as they pursue a shadowy psychopath keeping secrets and taking lives. Two separate homicides, at different locations, with unrelated victims, have more in common than just being investigated by Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. In both cases, the bodies bear startling wounds–yet the actual cause of death is unknown. It’s a doubly challenging case for the cop and the coroner to be taking on, at a fraught time for both of them. As Jane struggles to save her mother from the crumbling marriage that threatens to bury her, Maura grapples with the imminent death of her own mother–infamous serial killer Amalthea Lank. While Jane tends to her mother, there’s nothing Maura can do for Amalthea, except endure one final battle of wills with the woman whose shadow has haunted her all her life. Though succumbing to cancer, Amalthea hasn’t lost her taste for manipulating her estranged daughter–this time by dangling a cryptic clue about the two bizarre murders Maura and Jane are desperately trying to solve. But whatever the dying convict knows is only a piece of the puzzle. Soon the investigation leads to a secretive young woman who survived a shocking abuse scandal, an independent horror film that may be rooted in reality, and a slew of martyred saints who died cruel and unusual deaths.

Tess Gerritsen’s clever plotting and medical knowledge give her thrillers that extra edge. Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places
—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this.” – New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“Gerritsen has a knack for creating great characters and mysterious plots that seem straightforward but also dazzle with complexity and twists.” – The Associated Press

“One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.” – The Providence Journal

Holly Fitzgerald

We’re pleased to welcome Holly Fitzgerald on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm to celebrate her new memoir Ruthless River.

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Holly and her husband, Fitz—married less than two years—set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turned into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.


Excerpt

The only explicit advice Juan had actually given us was “Don’t ever swim in the water.”

“Why?” I had asked, taken aback. We’d watched the children splashing in the harbor, enjoying it with high squeals. “I thought the caiman are dormant during the rainy season.”

“They are. It’s the candiru you have to watch out for,” he’d said solemnly.

“The who?” Fitz had asked.

“A minuscule saw-toothed fish, downriver. They’ll swim up your butt and latch on to your intestines, suck your blood until you die.”

Fitz and I had stared at each other and then at him.

“You’re kidding?” I’d gasped. We’d seen piranha and knew that when in a frenzy they could strip prey to the bone within minutes, but mainly if the prey were already bleeding.

“You don’t have to be bleeding. Candiru are parasitic. They’ll find you if you’re swimming.”

“Okay, we definitely won’t be swimming,” Fitz had agreed.


Advance Praise

“Both travel memoir and shocking adventure story, like a real-life Survivor or Naked and Afraid . . . A powerful story about survival, love, and faith in the face of impossible odds . . . Unputdownable . . . absolutely fascinating.”
—Katie Lawrence, Library Journal

“Vivid and consistently compelling . . . An absorbing tale of survival, love, and the generosity of people who helped save their lives.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A detailed, high-stakes debut memoir . . . FitzGerald weaves in the stories from their past with palpable, evocative details of their daily struggles with starvation, strong currents, and despair, all while the couple’s love, self-knowledge, and faith deepen . . . Recommended for fans of survival narratives, coming-of-maturity stories, and travelogues from off the beaten path.”
—Louisa Whitfield-Smith, Booklist


Holly Fitzgerald was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated from Lake Erie College and received a master’s degree in counseling from Suffolk University. She lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Event Information

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 6:30-7:30pm (Book purchases and signings beginning at 7:30pm)

Location: Main Library (300 Main Street, Falmouth)

Room: Hermann Meeting Room

 

 

No advance registration required. To receive a reminder a few days before the event, please sign up for our Books & Authors Events Newsletter.

Upcoming Fall Authors

The summer is nearly over, but things are going to be heating up soon with an exciting round of authors visiting the library this Fall. Free tickets are encouraged for Tess Gerritsen on Thursday, October 5. Registration is required for Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Publishing Your Essay with John D’Agata on Saturday, November 18.

Subscribe to the Books & Authors Newsletter to receive reminders and updates about upcoming author events. We look forward to having you!

Fall 2017 Schedule

Falmouth Reads Together Presents Atul Gawande

Date: Monday, September 25, 5:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Bestselling and acclaimed author Atul Gawande will talk to us about the importance of community as we age. Join us on Monday, September 25 at 5:00pm for a live simulcast with the author of Being Mortal. The author will not be visiting the library in-person; this will be a live simulcast event.

Request your copy of Being Mortal


Ruthless River with Holly Fitzgerald

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 6:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Holly Fitzgerald and her husband were on their honeymoon when their plane crashed in the Peru jungle. Hear about their adventure-turned-survival saga on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm.

Request your copy of Ruthless River


I Know A Secret with Tess Gerritsen

Date: Thursday, October 5, 12:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen recently released the 12th book in her Rizzoli & Isles series. Don’t miss Tess’s talk on Thursday, October 5 at noon. Pick up your free ticket at the Info Desk at the Main Library beginning on Saturday, September 30 at 10am. Limit of two tickets per person.

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Request your copy of I Know a Secret


Using What You Know to Write a Mystery with Sisters in Crime: Frances McNamara, Barbara Struna & Lea Wait

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Three sisters in crime, Frances McNamara (Death at the Paris Exposition), Barbara Struna (Old Cape Hollywood Secret), and Lea Wait (Tightening the Threads) will visit the library on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30pm to help you find the clues to a novel only you can write. Been a housewife? Single parent? Lived in a creepy old house? You think your life’s been boring–but exciting plots are buried in your own expertise.


In Conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan & Hallie Ephron

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 7:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Hank Phillippi Ryan (Say No More) and Hallie Ephron’s anticipated return to the library is on Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm. Hank will interview Hallie on her new book, You’ll Never Know Dear, and answer questions from the audience.

Request your copy of You’ll Never Know Dear


New England’s General Stores with Ted Reinstein

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 7:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Explore the fabric of America over hot coffee and penny candy. Step through the wooden doors of a New England general store and step back in time, into a Norman Rockwell painting and into the heart of America with Ted Reinstein on Wednesday, November 1 at 7pm.

Request your copy of New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic


In Conversation with Jessica Keener and Anne LeClair

Date: Thursday, November 16, 3:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Jessica Keener, the author of Night Swim and a new historical thriller, Strangers in Budapest, visits the library on Thursday, November 16 at 3:30pm. She will be interviewed by Anne LeClair (The Halo Effect)

Request your copy of Strangers in Budapest


Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Publishing Your Essay with John D’Agata

Date: Saturday, November 18, 3:30-5:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Join John D’Agata for a creative nonfiction workshop that intentionally combines different forms of the genre—personal essays, travelogues, biographies—and encourages exploration in the genre. Participants will examine and discuss short 1-page essays, as well as receiving feedback on their personal essays. There will be also be some discussion on finding an agent and publisher, giving a reading, and surviving as a writer in the world.

An innovative essayist (Halls of Fame, 2001) and dynamic anthologist, (The Lost Origins of the Essay, 2009) John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series, A New History of the Essay, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay.

Registration is strongly encouraged; 15 seats available. Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 18.

Movies & Popcorn

Need a break from the heat? Come by and join us for a matinee movie beginning this month in the Hermann Meeting Room! The Page to Screen Film Series will continue through the end of the year and will held on select Thursdays at 2:30pm.

2017 Showing Soon Schedule

DateTimeMovie
Thursday, September 72:30pmThe Sense of an Ending (2017)
Thursday, September 142:30pmArrival (2016)
Thursday, September 212:30pmThe Martian (2015)
Thursday, September 282:30pmSilence (2016)
Thursday, October 192:30pmLive by Night (2016)
Thursday, October 262:30pmMy Cousin Rachel (2017)
Thursday, November 22:30pmThe Girl on the Train (2016)
Thursday, November 92:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 72:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 142:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 212:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 282:30pmTBA

Our New Friend Libby

It’s no secret how much I love e-audiobooks. I’ve been known to chat to anyone about them at the library and in my book clubs (and at the grocery store, the coffee shop, the laundromat…) They are just so easy to download and I’m a bit of a give-upper when it comes to confusing technological processes. That’s why I was excited when I heard that Overdrive released a brand new user-friendly app to use! Meet my new friend, Libby. Not only does Libby offer amazing audiobooks and ebooks for free with your library card, but it does it with a much more visually appealing and easy-to-navigate interface than before. Libby gives you the option of previewing audiobooks, whether or not they are immediately available, which is great for those of us who judge a book pretty quickly by its narrator.

If you’re tech savvier than I am, feel free to just head to your preferred app store and get going on Libby. If you think you might need more help, stop by the Info Desk in the Reference Room at the Main Library to ask us for help.

We are working hard to learn all about Libby and how it works. If you have any questions, please ask us and we will look for the answer together!

 

Celebrate Thoreau on Wednesday

In celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s Bicentennial, we are happy to welcome Geoff Wisner, editor of two books: “Thoreau’s Wildflowers” and “Thoreau’s Animals” to the Hermann Meeting Room at the Main Library on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00pm.

In his lecture, Wisner will present Thoreau’s profound spirituality and belief in the earth-human connection as revealed through his explorations of Thoreau’s best nature writings. Wisner has contributed to publications including the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, and Wild Earth. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in New York City.

Many of the most vivid writings in Henry David Thoreau’s journals were inspired by the plants and animals that inhabit the sprawling fields, forests, and wetlands of Concord and nearby communities. An inveterate year-round rambler and keen and thoughtful observer, Thoreau wrote frequently about these creatures, faithfully recording each sighting or encounter with the accuracy of a scientist and the deep spirituality of a transcendentalist and mystic.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration encouraged.

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